Russell specialises in all areas of contentious dry shipping and superyacht law. His work is global and principally derives on the shipping side from clubs, owners, charterers, ship managers and classification societies. On the superyacht side he is regularly instructed by owners, charterers, brokers and managers, and was instrumental in establishing our office in Monaco.
Although Russell believes that most disputes should be capable of commercial resolution, he has successfully handled many cases in arbitration and court proceedings, including the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and in a number of courts overseas.
Russell read classics at Oxford University, following which he studied at the College of Law and was admitted as a solicitor in 1984.
"THE NICHOLAS H" - which held that a classification society owed no duty of care to the cargo owners when the vessel sank
Edmiston -v- Berezovsky - which held that the broker was the effective cause of the sale of the superyacht Darius for €240 million and so entitled to commission
Lakatamia -v- Nobu Su - which held that Mr Su was personally liable to pay around $45 million damages arising out of a contract to enter a series of forward freight agreements; during the course of the proceedings the court had also clarified the definition of assets for the purposes of a world-wide freezing injunction
Member of the Law Society Supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitators Association